Growing Edible Plants Indoors
Another twist to gardening outdoors is gardening indoors, Gardening indoors is not a new concept but has been practiced by many over the years, this method is still being used today. While it may be true that all plants may not thrive well on the inside we will take a look at those that dose and see how we can make them a part of our gardening design.
In one of my article, we looked at creating an edible garden outdoors, in this article we will be looking at creating an edible garden indoors. Sunlight is very important if we are to have any success with this type of gardening, therefore the areas that you choose indoors
must get between 4-8 hours of sunlight or you can change your bulbs and install grow lights which can be purchased from your garden center or hardware store. Grow lights look and give off the same amount of lighting as regular bulbs but the only difference is these bulbs give
off a greater intensity of lighting that is beneficial to plant life. So the good thing about all of this is if you are not getting sufficient sunlight and desire to plant an indoor edible garden you still can with good results. Here are some examples of how to grow herbs, herbs that contain healing wonders.
What you will need for this project is as follows:
1. Plant pots, Clay, Plastic, netted basket, or Ceramic, the choice is totally up to you, but I prefer to use a decorative pot as stated earlier to give that added flavor, make sure plant pots have drain holes to the bottom to allow excess water to escape, be sure to include trays to catch excess water.
2. Good garden soil is a must to ensure that you are giving your plant a head start. Garden soils can be purchased from your plant nursery or garden center.
3. Organic fertilizers to give your plants the nutrients they need.
4. Trays to catch water
5. Organic pesticides to control plant pests if the need arises.
Remember to set up plants in locations that get plenty of sunlight or purchase grow lights. Just go for it and let your imagination run wild. For example like this decorative pot with basil makes a good centerpiece or how about the top examples of herbs in these nice little basket pots placed on the kitchen counter in the picture above.
This is just great, go for it, have fun. This type of gardening is stylish.
Fresh herbs at your fingertip right from your own kitchen, grown with your own hands.
Growing vegetables and fruit trees from your porch and patio
You can also grow fruits and vegetables on your porch and patio area. Many nurseries sell dwarf tangerine, lime, and other fruit trees that can be placed in these areas as long as areas are getting the right amount of sunlight anywhere from 4 to 8 hours to ensure proper plant growth.
Imagine how impressed your families, friends, and neighbors would be to see fruits growing from your patio, porch, or even from some other area of your yard in pots while bearing fruits, this would be really really neat. What do you think, can you see it? I know that I can.
Remember to always find out, as much as possible about the growth of the plant, water requirements, soil type, lighting, fertilizer, and known pest. You can now grow potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, mushrooms, etc… from your patio or porch.
The final word
Indoor edible plants is a great way to garden, especially if you don’t have the yard space but still want to grow your own herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Edible garden, now that’s smart gardening.